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The Lubbock Independent School District’s story began in 1907. It is a sweeping saga filled with elements of academic success, inspiring athletics, phenomenal fine arts, compelling community service, and extraordinary educators. Over the years, countless stories of success abound throughout the district and will continue for many years to come.

Academic Excellence

  • Five Lubbock ISD students were named 2014 National Merit Semifinalists and LISD was the only school district in Lubbock County with this achievement. 14 LISD students were named Commended Students
  • More than 1,200 students transferred into Lubbock ISD from area school districts
  • LISD currently provides the PSAT, ReadiStep and the SAT to students at no charge
  • Nine LISD students were selected for the National Hispanic Recognition Program and one student was named a National Achievement Scholar
  • Academic Decathlon teams from four LISD high schools qualified for state competition
  • The 2014 Lubbock High School Zero Robotics Team won the national championship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was the only team to represent Texas
  • Three Destination ImagiNation (DI) teams from LISD qualified for the 2013 Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee, the highest level of DI competitions
  • One LISD Future Problem Solving (FPS) team qualified for the 2013 International Conference in Bloomington, Indiana, the highest level of FPS competition
  • 2013 LISD graduates were offered $19.4 million in college scholarships and earned 4,278 dual-credit hours
  • Student enrollment in LISD continues to top 29,000 students, the highest enrollment since the 1990s

Teaching and Learning

  • Lubbock High School was named to Newsweek magazine’s list of top high schools in the nation for the fifth time. LISD has the only International Baccalaureate program on the South Plains and is expanding to include elementary and middle school IB programs
  • The high schools offer advanced courses including 9 dual-credit classes, 28 AP classes and 32 Pre-AP classes
  • Since 2010, the number of LISD students taking AP exams has increased by 216%, and the number of students receiving qualifying scores has increased by 160%

Fine Arts

  • LISD has the only public school orchestra program on the South Plains
  • LISD students have created artwork selected for display in the Texas Capitol, the United States Capitol and Carnegie Hall
  • Twelve LISD high school students were honored as All-State musicians or vocalists
  • LISD bands, choirs and orchestras earned a total of 42 UIL Sweepstakes trophies during the 2012-2013 school year
  • A total of 98 LISD band, choral and orchestra students earned First Division Ratings at the last State Solo and Ensemble Contest, including four Outstanding Soloist Award winners

Great Sports

  • LISD has the only swimming and diving programs in the area
  • Recent LISD swimmers have qualified for the Olympic Trials, been named All-American swimmers and divers and signed letters of intent to Division I schools, including the University of Texas, Texas Christian University and Rice University, and they have earned state medals
  • The Monterey High School football team has made the playoffs for the last four years consecutively, and the Estacado football team has made the playoffs the last 6 consecutive years
  • The 2012 and 2013 Coronado High School girls basketball teams advanced to the Regional 1-5A tournament and the 2014 Coronado High School Boys basketball team advanced to the Regional 1-5A Tournament
  • Lubbock High and Estacado High qualified for state in wrestling during the 2013-2014 school year
  • Both LHS girls and EHS boys and girls track teams advanced to the state meet, with Estacado girls achieving a third-place finish
  • Coronado, Monterey, and Lubbock High tennis teams ranked among the state’s Top 20 in 2013, with LHS Team Tennis advancing to the state tournament
  • LHS and CHS students qualified as individuals for the 2013 state tennis tournament
  • Premier sports facilities, including: the Pete Ragus Aquatic Center, renovations to all high school track and field facilities and gymnasiums; renovations at PlainsCapital Park include a new field house, video scoreboard, sound system, restrooms, concession stands, and press box at Lowrey Field and improvements at all softball and baseball facilities
  • Construction of new four lane tracks will begin at all LISD middle schools in 2014

What Sets Us Apart

  • LISD offers choice to meet the needs of students – Magnet or Specialty Programs at 20 campuses
  • LISD offers a Dual Language Program at both elementary and secondary levels
  • LISD provides a full-day Pre-K program in most elementary schools
  • All third graders participate in a water safety program at the Pete Ragus Aquatic Center
  • LISD supports the arts with a quality music and visual arts program. Students are introduced to the arts early with each elementary school offering a music and visual arts program. 87% of LISD secondary students choose to participate in a fine arts program compared to the state average of 65%
  • World Language Labs are offered in every middle and high school
  • Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center is a national model that provides state of the art equipment to prepare students for college and careers. Courses include Architectural Design, Automotive and Construction Technology, Video-Audio Production, Manufacturing, Computer Technologies, Digital Fashion Design and much more
  • LISD offers “Bridges” — an online tool for college and career exploration, which also offers a college planning portfolio
  • LISD currently has 2,000 handheld devices for English language arts classes. LISD is currently working to have a handheld device for every student
  • LISD teachers are awesome! 28 percent of LISD teachers have a masters degree and 17 have their doctorate. LISD teachers receive the highest pay among teachers in Lubbock County

Enhanced Learning with Instructional Technology

Upgrades provided by the $198 million bond package passed in 2010 include:
  • SMART boards and document cameras for classrooms
  • Desktop computers and printers for classrooms
  • Laptops for teachers
  • All Pre-K through second-grade classrooms have new sound systems which are proven to assist with the teaching of reading
  • New safety and security equipment, including controlled access, high-quality video cameras, and visitor check-in
  • All students are provided with research-based online tools to support individualized learning in math and reading


District Tax Rate
Shallowater ISD $1.53000
Frenship ISD $1.50005
Lubbock Cooper ISD $1.48000
Idalou ISD $1.46000
Roosevelt ISD $1.28500
Slaton ISD $1.28400
Lubbock ISD $1.23500
New Deal $1.17000

Lubbock ISD has the second lowest tax rate in the county. Because of the lower tax rate, homeowners in Lubbock ISD enjoy a savings of as much as $265 annually on an average home valued at $100,000.

Community Service

  • LISD’s Construction Technology classes at the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center are currently building their 13TH house to be donated to Habitat for Humanity
  • LISD students contributed 115,994 hours of volunteer community service during the 2012-13 school year and helped raise $77,380
  • LISD students and staff donated 69,403 pounds of canned goods and $3,751 in cash to the U Can Share Food Drive and $193,706 to the Lubbock Area United Way.
  • The Foundation for Excellence raised $100,000 to fund grants for students and teachers
  • One hundred and twenty LISD students participated in the 2012-13 United Way Youth Division last year. They completed 155 projects for 18 agencies, contributing more than 1,629 service hours
  • Twenty LISD students are participating in the 2013-14 class of New Century Leadership, a leadership development and community orientation initiative by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce
  • The Texas Association of Partners in Education recognized one of LISD’s community partners with the coveted Crystal Award in the STEM category. LISD continues to demonstrate leadership by developing innovative partnerships within our community

Transparency and Efficiency

  • Detailed LISD 2010 Bond information and expenditure reports are readily available on the website, Bond.Lubbockisd.org. The district’s check register is also available online within the Open Government tab
  • All board meeting documents are now posted online for easy public access, along with contact information for trustees on the Board of Trustees web page
  • To increase efficiency and better serve families, LISD has reduced the total number of campuses by seven, which will save the district several million dollars annually in operating costs

More stories are yet to come - exciting stories from every aspect of education. Through vision, leadership, and exceptional work ethic the Lubbock Independent School District will continue to write powerful stories of success.